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" Me and Teddy," said Mr. Kybird, turn- 
ing to her with a little l)ob, which served him 
for a bow, " 'ave just been having a Httle tall< 
about old times." 

" He was just passing," said Mr. Sillt. 
"Ju.st passing, and thought I'd looli in," 
said Mr. Kybird, with a careless little laugh ; 
" the door was open a bit." 

" Wide oijcn," corroborated Mr. Silk. 
" So I just came m to say ' 'Ow d'ye do ? ' " 
said Mr. Kybird. 

Mrs. Silk's sharp, white face turned from 
one to the other. " 'Ave you said it ? " she 
inquired, blandly. 

" I 'ave," said Mr. Kybird, restraining 
Mr. Silk's evident intention of hot speech by 
a warning glance ; " and now I'll just toddle 
off 'onie." 

" 111 go a bit o' the way with you," said 
Edward Silk. " I feel as if a bit of a walk 
would do me good." 

Left alone, the aston- 
ished Mrs. Silk took 
the visitor's vacated 
chair and, with wrinkled 
brow, sat putting two 
and two together until 
the sum got beyond her 
powers of calculation. 
Mr. Kybird's affability 
and Teddy's cheerful- 
ness were alike incom- 
prehensible. She 
mended a hole in her 
pocket and darned a 
pair of socks, and at 
last, anxious for advice, 
or at least a confidant, 
resolved to see Mr. 
Wilks. 

She opened the door 
and looked across the 
alley, and saw with 
some satisfaction that 
his blind was illumina- 
ted. She closed the door 
behind her sharply, 
and then stood gasping 
on the doorstep. So 
simultaneous were the 
two happenings that it actually appeared as 
though the closing of the door had blown Mr. 
Wilks's lamp out. It was a night of surprises, 
but after a moment's hesitation she stepped 
over and tried his door. It was fast, and 



there was no answer to her knuckling. She 
knocked louder and listened. A door 
slammed violently at the back of the house, 
a distant clatter of what sounded like .sauce- 
pans came from beyond, and above it all 
a tremulous but harsh voice bellowed in- 
dustriou.';ly through an interminable chant. 
By the time the third verse was reached Mr. 
Wilks's neighbours on both sides were 
beating madly upon their walls and blood- 
curdling threats strained through the plaster. 
She stayed no longer, but regaining her 
own door sat down again to await the return 
of her son. Mr. Silk was long in cominu, 
and she tried in vain to occupy herself widi 
various small jobs as she speculated in vain 
on the meaning of the events of the night. 
She got up and stood by the open door, and 
as she waited the clock in the church-tower, 
which rose over the roofs hard by, slowly 
boomed out the hour 
of eleven. As the 
echoes of the last 
stroke died away the 
figure of .Mr. Silk turned 
into the alley. 

"You must 'ave 'ad 
quite a nice walk," said 
his mother, as she drew 
back into the room 
and noted the bright- 
ness of his eye. 

"Yes," was the 
reply. 

" I s'pose 'e's been 
and asked you to the 
wedding ? " said the 
sarcastic Mrs. Silk. 

Her son started and, 
turning his back on 
her, wound up the 
clock. " Yes, 'e has," 
he said, with a sly grin. 
Mrs. Silk's eyes sna|i- 
ped. " tt'ell, of all the 

impudence " she 

said, breathlessly. 

" Well, 'e ha.s," said 
her son, hugging him- 
self over the joke. 
"And, what's more, I'm going." 

He compo.sed his face sufficiently to bid 
her "good-night," and, turning a deaf ear to 
her remonstrances and in(|uiries, took up a 
candle and went off whistling. 



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faster than those of the opposing club, had 
much the best of the play, and won by one 
goal to none. The smallness of the score 
was chiefly due to the excellent goal-keeping 
of Colonel Merriman, C.S.I., who, as a report 
says, "held the military fortress in transcendent 
style." Mr. C. W. Alcock, so well known as 
the secretary for many years of the Football 
Association and the present secretary of the 
Surrey Cricket Club, was captain of the 
Wanderers that year. He was a very power- 
ful and determined forward, and his play in 
the match was highly praised. To indicate 
the spirit in which the game was fought out 
It may be mentioned that one of the losing 
side, Cresswell, was unfortunate enough to 
smash his collar-bone in the first ten 
minutes, but in spite of this continued to play 
vigorously throughout the game. The late 
Sir Francis Marindin, afterwards president of 
the Association and a great name in the 
history of the game, played for the Royal 
Engineers in this match. 

The final ne.xt year, 1873, was played on 
the old athletic ground at Lillie Bridge be- 
tween the \\'anderers and O.xford University, 
and the former club won, much in the same 
style as on the first occasion, by two goals to 
none. The 'Varsity men were better to- 
gether, but the Wanderers more brilliant 
individually. A feature of the match was 
the exceptional play of the Hon. A. F. (now 
Lord) Kinnaird, .so familiar to all followers 
of football as one of the strongest and the 
kindliest influences in the development and 
government of A.ssociation football. A 
curious incident in the match was that the 
Oxford team, finding themselves unable to 
press home their attack, adopted in the 
second half the expedient of playing without 
a goal-keeper. This is very interesting as 
showing that in those days much more im- 
portance was attached to attack than to 
defence. Indeed, it is quite true to say that 
a large part of the defence was done by the 
forwards. In accounts of the game one 
conies repeatedly across descriptions of how 
the forwards came back, relieved pressure 
near goal, and transferred the ball to the 
other end. But the Oxford expedient did 
not succeed, for C. \\\ \\'ollaston scored a 
very easy goal for the Wanderers. 



jlT the time when the Cup was 
instituted— in 1872— the fam- 
ous AVanderers Club held dis- 
puted but triumphant sway in 
the land. In constitution it 
somewhat resembled the pre- 
sent-day Corinthians ; originally its members 
were drawn almost exclusively from the public 
schools and Oxford and Cambridge, although 
subsequently the rules of the club were re- 
la.xed in favour of a wider scope of member- 
ship. The \\'anderers Club was not only the 
strongest in point of play, but also exerted the 
greatest influence in early Association foot- 
ball. The nearest rivals of the Wanderers in 
strength and in popular estitnation were the 
Royal Engineers ; and then came Oxford 
University and the Old Etonians. These 
four were the only clubs that won their 
way to the finals during the first seven years 
of the competition. The record of the 
Wanderers was decidedly brilliant, for they 
won the Cup five times out of the first seven. 
Oxford University was successful in the third 
year and the Royal Engineers in the fourth. 
By their third successive win in 1878 the 
Wanderers won the Cup outright and were 
entitled to keep it, but they returned it to the 
Association with the proviso that a rule 
should be passed whereby the Cup should 
never, even after a triple win, become the 
permanent property of a club. 

The final-ties in these early years were 
fought out with tremendous vigour. The first 
final of all, in r872, between the AVanderers 
and the Royal Engineers, at Kennington 
Oval, provided an historic struggle. 'I'hey 
were the two most powerful clubs of the day, 
and the meeting between them excited great 
interest. The Engineers, owing to the more 
limited extent of their resources, were favoured 
by popular sympathy: indeed, they were con- 
sidered to have the better chance of winning, 
on the supposition that they were fitter and 
had better combination. It is curious to 
note that even in these early days, when the 
force of individual play was paramount and 
combined tactics had been reduced to 
no sort of system, the idea of the advan- 
tage of combination was present to the 
mtnds of critics. The \A'anderers, however, 
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In the third year, 1874, the Wanderers, 
playing below strength, were beaten in a 
|)reliminary round by Oxford, who met the 
Engineers in the final and won by two goals 
to none. The match was played at the Oval 
before 5,000 spectators, a number described 
at the time as huge. What should we think 
of such a huge gate now ? The dribbling 
of C. J. Ottaway, the celebrated O.xford 
cricketer, was much admired, as also was the 
play on the other side of the gentleman who 
is now Colonel P. (J. von Donop, R.E., of the 
Board of Trade, to whose courtesy I am 
indebted for information about the Royal 
Engineers Club. Some of the terms used 
in describing the match are interesting. 
O.xford scored their first goal by lifting the 
ball cleverly "over a bully." There is, too, 
something naive in the following: "Just 
before call of time a well-judged shot from 
the corner-flag — a penalty kick — landed the 
ball under the tape and between the posts of 
the .Sappers' goal ; but as the claim of a goal 
was not advanced the incident passed o(f 
unnoticed.'' 

The fourth final, that of 1875, ended after 
a tight game in a well-merited victory for the 
Engineers, who at length achieved a fitting 
reward for their plucky football and the 
excellent organization of their club. As a 
matter of fact the first attempt at this final, 
though an extra half-hour was plaved, ended 
in a draw. In the replay the Old Etonian 
team, for whom both Kinnaird and Ottaway 
played, was somewhat weakened. Still, the 
Sappers richly deserved their triumph. 

The next three years, 1876, 1877, and 
1878, the (^up went to the \Vanderers. In 
1876 the Wanderers beat the Old Etonians 
by three to none after a drawn game. The 
Wanderers had much the best of the replay, 
for the Etonian contingent was somewhat 
battered about in the first game. It is nar- 
rated that the Wanderers' forwards were 
better together, but that the P^tonians held a 
decided advantage in charging. In those days 
players went very straight and hard ; their 
vigour would have scandalized a modern 
referee ; but charging was then as essential 
a part of the game as ]mssing is now. 
The half-back play in this match of the 
Hon. Edward Lyttelton, the present head 
master of Haileybury, was described as 
brilliant, and the close and effective 
dribbling of the Hon. Alfred Eyttelton, the 
All - England cricketer and noted K.C., 
" evoked frequent applause." There are not 
many hiture head masters or K.C.'s in our 
present-day finals. In 1877 the Wanderers 



beat Oxford after an extra half-hour by two 
to none. The 'Varsity men were much 
praised for their skill in "backing up," a 
term which reminds us now rather of Rugby 
than Association, and which indicates the 
style of forward play then in vogue. But 
the Wanderers lasted the better. Lord 
Kinnaird kept goal for the U^tnderers in 
this match ; we read that a point was justly 
given against him because he stepped, ball 
in hand, through his own goal. He usually 
played half-back, in which position he was a 
very powerful player, noted for iiis tough 
vigour and inexhaustible stamina. The 
Wanderers' third successive win was over 
the Engineers. They won somewhat easily 
by three to one, owing to the superior 
speed of their forwards. J. Kirkpatrick, the 
A\'anderers' goal-keeper, according to a con- 
temporary record, fractured his arm earl)- in 
the game, but continued to play all through. 

After this year the strength of the 
Wanderers was dissipated by the growth 
of the Old Boy clubs. When the latter 
clubs increased in number the Wanderers 
had the alternativesof facing a change in the 
source of their membership or of relying 
upon the leavings of the Old Boys' 
clubs ; and as a result they ceased to be 
a [lower in the land — they had done 
fine work, but their day was passed. They 
were tieaten in 1879 by the Old Etonians 
by the substantial margin of seven goals to 
two in the first round. Their victors con- 
tested the final of that year with the Clap- 
ham Rovers, and won a hard match by one 
goal to none. But the Clapham Rovers, 
who possessed in N. C. Bailey one of the 
finest half-backs who have ever played, beat 
Oxford University in the final of 1880. 

The next year, 1881, saw a tremendous 
struggle between the Old Carthusians and 
the Old Etonians, which roused, of course, 
intense excitement among the past and pre- 
sent members of the respective schools. 
The Carthusians won by three goals to none ; 
they were, it is written, " in better condition, 
in fact in the pink of it, and more 
impetuous." Captain E. C. Wynyard, the 
Hampshire batsman, headed the first goal. 
There is a present-day ring about " headed 
the ball beneath the cross-bar." Hitherto 
goals are mostly described as having been 
kicked beneath the tape. The second goal, 
too, reads quite modern. " Page and Parry 
passed and repassed and Parry scored." 

The season of 1882 marks an important 
epoch in the history of the (^up. For the 
first time a provincial club reachei^the final. 



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The Association game had held from early 
days a strong interest in Sheffield. But the 
Sh'effielders had somewhat delayed their 
development by sticking to their own rules, 
which differed somewhat from those uni- 
versally accepted in the South when the Cup 
was instituted. Hence it was that Lancashire, 
where the game spread like wild-fire when 
once introduced, sent the first provincial 
team to the Oval. This was none other than 
the Blackburn Rovers. The Rovers had 
enjoyed a wonderful season and were confi- 
dently expected by their supporters to knock 
out the Old Etonians. But after a desperate 
encounter the South- 
ern club scored a 
narrow win. The 
success was largel)' 
due to some super- 
human defensive 
work by P. J. Para- 
vicini, who " saved 
the Etonian goal 
time after time by 
literally hurling him- 
self in front of the 
ball." 

Paravicini, who is 
well known as an old 
Middlesex cricketer, 
was a most deter- 
mined back. A. T. B. 
Dunn, the .late 
treasurer of the 
Corinthians E.C, 
who played back for 
England against 
Scotland in 1892, 
distinguished him- 
self in- this match 
with his speed and 
cleverness as a for- VTama\ 
ward. There is a 

story that the Blackburn people were so 
confident of victory that they brought down 
with them from home a poetical effusion 
clebrating their triumph. In consequence 
they came in for a considerable amount of 
chaff. But, inasmuch as their team won the 
Cup five times during the next nine years, 
their local bard may be said to have justified 
himself, if not as a poet, at any rate as a 
pro|)het. Nowadays football poets do these 
tilings rather more discreetly. They go to 
big matches armed with two sets of poems, 
. one for each side, and are careful to supi>ress 
the wrong one. 

The next year the provinces made good 
their position. Blackburn Olympic beat the 
Vol. xMiii.-68. 



Old Jitonians in the final. Never since that 
day has an Old Boy club, or a club of a 
similar description, won its nay to the final. 
Still on this occasion the Etonians made a 
great fight, and were only defeated after extra 
time had been played. 'I'heir weight and 
speed held against their opponents' combina- 
tion till condition began to tell. The beaten 
side were unlucky in having their best for- 
ward, A. T. B. Dunn, completely disabled 
fairly early in the game ; the grand resistance 
they made was chiefly due to the back play 
of Paravicini and French, and the unflagging 
skill and stamina of Kinnaird at half-back. 




FIR^T TEAM TO TRAES TOR A .MATCH ; 
MODERN TACTICS. 



It is said that Kinnaird was the only man on 
the Etonian side who lasted through the 
match. It seems that for the first time in 
a Cup-final the present distribution of the 
side was used ; for, whereas the Etonians 
stuck to the old arrangement of six forwards, 
two halves, two backs, and a goal-kee[)er, the 
Olympic seem to have reduced their forward 
rank by one and played a centre half-back. 
The following criticism is instructive : "We 
congratulate the Olympic Club on their 
splendid coi-idition, whereii-i they outclassed 
their opponents ; though we must say that 
going into actual training was never contem- 
plated by those who instituted the Cup 
competition." Nowadays no team thinks of 



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playing even in the first round without a 
careful and special course of training. Verily 
times have changed. 

The eight years from 1884 till 189 1 may be 
called the era of the Blackburn Rovers, for 
during this time they won the Cup five times, 
thus equalling the record of the Wanderers. 
The Roiers also achieved the feat of winning 
in three successive years. On the third 
occasion the Football Association, being 
unable to allow the Cup to become the per- 
manent property of the Rovers, awarded them 
a silver shield to commemorate their notable 
performance. Their first two victories were 
over Queen's Park, (llasgow, which is to this 
day the pretnier amateur club of Scotland. In 
those days Scotland was almost entirely given 
over to Rugby ; so much so that when the 
idea was mooted of playing an international 
match between Scotland and England much 
indignation was expressed in Scotland ; it 
was said that inasmuch as Scotchmen played 
Rugb)', and Rugby was rheir game, the 




match with England under Association rules 
was absurd. However, Queen's Park soon 
made many proselytes and the idea was 
carried out. As a matter of fact, the 
Cup-final between the Rovers and Queen's 
Park in 7884 was invested with practi- 
cally the full interest of an international 
encounter in addition to its own. The un- 
precedented number of 12,000 spectators 
attended the match at Kennington Oval. 
The Scotchmen were expected to win. 



Although the idea of combination and 
passing had already been partially exploited. 
Queen's Park ap[)ears to have been the first 
team to introduce a real system of systematic 
short passing such as w.is afterwards per- 
fected by Preston North End, and has since 
become the fundamental principle of forward 
play. In the match in question the Scottish 
forwards appear to have overrun the Ro\ers, 
who, however, were very strong in. defence, 
and succeeded in preserving their goal in 
spite of close pressure. 

Cradually the tide turned, and the Rovers 
in their turn attacked with such success that 
they won the match by two goals to one. 
The secret of the Rovers' success on this 
and other occasions appears to have con- 
sisted partly in the power of their delence 
and partly in their knack of pushing home an 
advantage when they got one. They often 
won even when their opponents apparently 
had the better of the game. 

The final of 1885, also between the Rovers 
and Queen's Park, 
was won by the 
former chiefly by 
reason of superior 
defence. 'I' h e 
Rovers had an 
exceptionally fine 
goal-keeper in H. 
Arthur and two 
remarkable half- 
backs in J. Forest 
and G. Howarth. 
Their forwards, 
too, were very 
strong, especially 
Lofthouse and 
l''ecitt. -Several 
fiimous Scottish 
players repre- 
sented Queen's 
Park, notably Dr. 
J. Smith, W. 
Arnott, and \V. 
i/vi«io. Sellar. Dr. Smith 
was a fine forward 
and had a great reputation. Arnott is gener- 
ally reckoned as the cleverest back that ever 
played for Scotland. With these two matches 
it may be said that the modern era of foot- 
ball had begun, for the general tenor of the 
play differed only jlighUy from that of the 
big professional clubs of to-day. 

The Blackburn Rovers won the Cup again 
in t886. The final this year was notable 
from the fact that it was the first time a 
Midland club — West Bromwich Albion— 



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succeeded in struggling into the last stage. 
After a draw at the Oval the match was 
replayed at Derby amid intense excitement. 
This, too, was the first time a final had been 
played in the provinces, 'I'he crowd at 
Derby was an extraordinary sight ; even the 
framework on the neighbouring racecourse, 
whereon are posted the numbers of jockeys 
and starters, was occupied by clinging spec- 
tators. The Rovers' defence again prevailed 
and they won by two to none. In the next 
three years the Rovers failed to reach the 
final, but they appeared again in iSyo and 
scored an easy win of six to one over 
Sheffield Wednesday, and again the next 
)-car, when 
they beat 
Notts by 
three to one. 
This victory 
brought their 
remarkable 
career in the 
Cup-ties to a 
close ; since 
then they have 
not again sur- 
vived to a 
final. No 
other club, 
h(jwever, has 
at all rivalled 
their success. 

T h e two 
Birmingham clulw, Aston Villa and West 
Bromwich Albion, may be bracketed 
together as Cup - fighters second only to 
Blackburn Rovers. Indeed, considering 
the increase of competition, their record 
is almost as good. The Villa Club 
has won three times, in 1887, 1895, and 
1897, and has figured once besides in 
the final unsuccessfully. West Bromwich 
has won twice, in 1888 and 1892, and has 
figured three times as runner-up. Curiously 
enough these two chilis have met three 
times in the final — two of the matches going 
to the A'illa and one to West Bromwich. 
The Villa's first victory in the Cup was over 
its next-door neighbour. This was in the 
days of .Archie Hunter, who led his men in 
wonderful style as centre forward. The 
second triumph of the Villa was also at the 
expense of West Bromwich. A memorable 
point about this match was a new departure 
made by the Association in selecting the 
Crystal Palace ground for the scene of the 
match. It vras formerly one of the traditions 
of the final, broken only in a single instance. 



that it should take place at Kennington Oval, 
but the Surrey Cricket Club feared for its 
turf. The Crystal Palace authorities, by 
draining and filling one of their artificial 
lakes, made a splendid playing-area with 
accommodation fur over one hundred 
thousand spectators, and the final has been 
[)layed there ever since. The game, though 
it went on the whole in favour of the winners, 
proved exceedingly close and exciting. The 
half-backs on both sides distinguished them- 
selves, especially Reynolds, formerly a West 
Bromwich player, who had transferred his 
services. The forward [jlay was voted rather 
disappointing, for a great deal had been 




—THE TEAM WHICH liKOUGHT THEIK I.O\G SEKIES OF VI( 
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expected of the Villa front rank, which 
included Athersmith, Devey, and Hodgetts. 
But W. J. Bassett, the \\'est Bromwich 
outside right, in spite of being very clo.sely 
watched, played with his usual brilliance. 
In 1897 the Villa had a remarkable team 
and beat another very strong team in 
Everton by three goals to two. The Villa 
half-back line, consisting of Reynolds, James 
Cowan, and Crabtree, was one of the best 
that has ever played for a club. Many 
people consider that the standard of play on 
this occasion was the highest that has ever 
been seen in a final-tie. 

When the Cup was in the possession of 
Aston Villa after their second win it was 
stolen from the shop-window of a jeweller, 
where it had been placed for the people of 
Birmingham to see ; the thief removed a 
pane of glass, and retired with the trophy 
into oblivion. So the Villa could not 
comply with the regulation whereby the Cup 
must be returned by February ist in each 
year. The Association had another silver 
Cup made, an exact facsimile of the old one. 



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The value of the Cup is only £■20. When 
the AVoIverham|)toii Wanderers beat Kverton 
in the final of 1893 the president of the club 
presented each of the players with a minia- 
ture model of the Cup, and it was from one 
of these that the second Cup was copied. 

The two victories of West Bromwich 
Albion were in 1888 and 1892. In the 
first case they scored an unexpected win over 
the famous old North End team. The 
Lancashire club came to the fin.tl with a 
remarkable record for the year, having won 
thirty-seven games and drawn one out of 
thirty-eight played. The West Bromwich 
team, always game in Cup-ties, however, 
ros3 to the occasion and won by two 
goals to one. In their second win West 



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Bromwich revenged themselves upon Aston 
Villa. The latter team was expected to win 
easily, but went under by three goals to 
none. The success of the winners was due 
to the staunchness of their defence and 
the dash of their forwards. Their goal- 
keeper, J. Reader, proved a champion ; 
and the backs and half-backs were much 
more lively and efficient than those 
of the Villa. Indeed, the Villa learn 
appeared to be stale and over-trained. The 
forwards played a short-passing game, whicli 
was pretty and effective enough in mid-field, 
but, as is often the case with this style, 
fizzled out near their opponents' goal. The 
West Bromwich forwards crossed the ball 
from wing to wing and were dangerous every 



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;een in a final tie. 



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461 



time they got through. W. J. Bassett was 
especially prominent. The crowd at the Oval 
for this match was so great that all gates were 
shut some time before kick-off. The writer 
was unable to get into the ground, but viewed 
the match from the chimney of an adjoining 
cottage, whither he climbed by means of a 
ladder made of a water-butt and three kitchen 
chairs. A Guardsman who tried to attain the 
same eminence got no farther than the inside 
of the water-butt. The portraits of this team 
are given on the top of the preceding page. 

The remaining Cup-winners have been 
successful only on one occasion each. The 
performance of Preston North End, the win- 
ning team of 1889, constitutes a remarkable 
record. This team played right through the 
competition and won the trophy without 
having a 
single goal 
scored against 
it. It beat 
the \Volver- 
h a m p t o n 
Wanderers in 
the final by 
three goals 
to none. Al- 
though there 
are some who 
consider that 
the teams 
produced 
subsequently* 
by Sunder- 
1 a 11 d and 
Aston Villa 
were equal to 
the old Pres- 
ton North I'KESIO.V NOKTH END, 1SS9 — THIS 'lEAM H( 
T-. i ^1 COMPETITION AND WON THE CUP \VI 

E n d , t h e j^v^m c 

balance of 

opinion seems to favour the Cup-winners 
of 1889 as the finest team that has yet 
been seen. Its great success was due to 
the perfection to which it reduced scientific 
combined play both in attack and in defence, 
coupled with the individual excellence of 
each one of the eleven. No amount of com- 
bination, however perfect, could have pro- 
duced the results achieved by Preston North 
End had not each member of the team been 
a first-rate player. The truth is that the 
team was one of remarkable individual excel- 
lence, using this excellence on a system of 
complete co-operation. The strength of the 
backs and half-backs who could keep their 
goal intact right through the Cup-ties can be 
realized only by those who know what Cup-tie 



football is. The North End defence gave one 
the idea of having been perfectly planned out 
beforehand with a knowledge of exactly what 
the other side was going to do at every turn 
of the match. The forwards, too, worked 
together like parts of a machine. The three 
inside men, James Ross, John Goodall, and 
F. Dewhurst, played the short-passing game to 
perfection, but, unlike many of their imitators, 
drove their attack home with persistent 
vigour. Their game got goals ; it did not 
merely look clever in mid-field. 

The victory of the Wolverhampton Wan- 
derers over Everton in 1893 was won at 
Fallowfield, near Manchester. Everton had 
the best of the first half, but the Wanderers, 
who were a very heavy team, wore them down 
until H. Allen, their centre half-back, scored 




'IliE KKCQUD FOR HAVING I'LAYED RIGHT THROUGH THE 
T HAVING A SINGLE GOAL SCORED AGAINST THEM. 

Photo, by Beatlie, Preston. 

the only goal of the match with a long drop- 
ping shot. Chadwick and Milward, the 
Everton left wing, played very strongly, and 
a notable figure on the winning side was H. 
Wood, the present captain of Southampton. 

The Cup-competition of 1894 was full of 
surprises. Notts County, the winning team, 
belonged to the second division of the 
Eeague, and the Bolton Wanderers, whom 
they beat in the final, held only a low place 
in the First League. Neither club was con- 
sidered of the same class as Aston Villa or 
Sunderland. Notts achieved a somewhat 
easy victory by four goals to one. The 
Bolton team was rather stale owing to 
recent hard work in the League matches, and 
its half-backs and backs played much below 



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form. The fine goal-keeping of Sutclifie saved 
the losers from a much heavier defeat. 

The final of i8g6 was between Sheffield 
Wednesday and the Wolverhampton Wan- 
derers. The former scraped home with a 
narrow win. The teams were about equal 
forward, but the Sheffield defence was the 
more effective ; their backs, especially Earp, 
had a neater style and kicked cleaner than 
their opponents, and were the more skilful 
at keeping the ball in play ; they had, too, 
in Crawshaw the best half-back engaged. 

The final of 1898, between Notts Forest 
and Derby County, produced a somewhat 
disappointing game. The Derby team was 
reckoned on previous performances to be 
much the stronger, especially in forward play. 
The Notts men had given a very weak exhibi- 



The forwards, led by Bloomer, went straight 
and fast, and passed accurately in a style 
that contrasted favourably, with the more 
ragged attack of their opponents ; but though 
they led by one goal at half-time their 
efforts in front of goal were unfortunate, and 
they subsequently fell away. The Sheffield 
men stuck to their work with undaunted 
energy, and displayed the same staunch and 
steady qualities that brought them through 
several tough engagements in the preced- 
ing rounds. They wore their opponents 
down, and in the end won easily by four 
goals to one. A feature of the game was the 
marvellous skill with which Needham from 
half-back managed to marshall and inspire 
the line of forwards in front of him. 

The ne.xt two years, which bring us up to 




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From a Photf. by\ 



SHEKFIK(.[» U.MTKU, 1899. 



I//. Ju^iw lUdteni, iihsMtld. 



tion in their semi-final against Southampton, 
when they won in the last few minutes of the 
match, chiefly by aid of a heavy snowstorm 
which beat in their opponents' faces. How- 
ever, they won the final on their merits, for 
their defence held good, whereas that of their 
opponents went all to pieces. 

The Sheffield United team which beat 
Derby County in the final of rSgg was 
chiefly notable for its nerve and stamina, for 
the skill of its three half-backs— Johnson, 
Morren, and Needham— and for the con- 
summate judgment di.splayed by the last- 
named in his capacity as captain. The Derby 
team was a good one, and for a considerable 
part of the game played the better football. 



the present day, were notable for the re- 
appearance for the first time since 1883 of 
Southern clubs in the final. This feature, 
however, was due not to rejuvenescence of 
the old-time amateur strength, but to the 
growth and development of powerful pro- 
fessional teams in the South. In 1900 South- 
ampton, much to the surprise of those who 
did not know how strong the better profes- 
sional teams in the South had become, won 
their way through to meet Bury in the final. 
The Southern team, however, appeared 
stale, failed fo reproduce the fine form it had 
shown in the preliminary rounds, and was 
easily beaten by four goals to none. The 
•Bury team was a strong one at all points, but 



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especially dangerous owing to the speed and 
cleverness of its forward line. Its forwards 
played in a style which on the whole appears 
to be the most successful in matches played 
under the stress of great excitement; they 
relied chiefly upon long passing and energetic 
following up of the ball rather than on accu- 
rate exchanges of the slow order; yet their 
combination was good, and there was nothing 
crude or unkempt 
in their play. Mc- 
Luckie, the centre 
forward, and 
Plant, the outside 
left, put in many 
excellent indivi- 
dual runs. 

The honour of 
Southern football 
was thoroughly 
vindicated next 
year, when Shef- 
field United was 
defeated in the 
final by Totten- 
ham Hotspur. 
The first attempt 
at deciding the 
match ended in a 
draw. The game 
excited unprece- 
dented interest ; p„m « i-iau,. 6»i 



over 1 1 4,000 people 
attended the game 
at the Crystal 
Palace. The replay 
at Bolton was some- 
what of an anti- 
climax ; but the 
Southern team won 
with some ease. 
The winning team 
well deserved its 
success, for it main- 
tained a high degree 
of excellence 
throughout the 
Cup-ties. Its main 
source of strength 
was the admirable 
understanding be- 
tween the half backs 
and forwards, and 
the ability of the 
former to set the 
latter going and to 
back up their 
efforts near goal. 
The team also 
possessed a centre forward most trustworthy 
in shooting goals. But the success of 
the Tottenham men was due, in a large 
measure, to their levelheadedness and im- 
perturbability; they played their Cup-ties 
exactly as they played an ordinary game. 

The pictures used were kindly lent by H. 
Keys, Esq., president of the famous West 
Bromwich Albion Club. 



IT. M. llurboiir, Fishpotil. Iturj/. 




[I. rutiHgall, Chinoford.